Wheat board pardons from Harper could open the door to abuse of power, critics charge
By Douglas Quan, Postmedia News August 2, 2012
Normally, when someone wants to be pardoned for a past crime they have to apply to the Parole Board of Canada.
But on rare occasions, the government can exercise what Prime Minister Harper referred to this week as an “ancient power”: the Royal Prerogative of Mercy.
That’s exactly what it did in suspending the records of a group of farmers convicted years ago of taking their grain across the border to sell in the U.S. against the law.
Critics say the move politicizes the pardon process and worry that this sort of discretionary power could be open to abuse. After Wednesday’s announcement, interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae tweeted that the granting of pardons is not supposed to be partisan. “They’re corrupting the process,” he wrote..................http://www.canada.com/news/Wheat+board+ ... story.html
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